Advice from our Church Leaders During Times of War, Pain, and Suffering | Where Can I Turn For Peace?

With all of the pain and sadness that is going around the world, one can't help but ask, "where can I turn for peace?" With the pandemic coming to a close, but still political tensions all around the world, and wars and death occurring in the Middle-East, it's hard to find peace or reasons for peace. One great thing about the Gospel is that we can turn to Church leaders for such guidance.


Elder Jeffrey R. Holland posted on his Facebook saying:


"In spite of frightful prophecies and unsettling scriptures declaring that peace would be taken from the earth generally, our own beloved Russell M. Nelson has taught that does not mean it has to be taken from us individually!"


“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).


Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles shared how we gain power through keeping our covenants: “Sometimes we are tempted to let our lives be governed more by convenience than by covenant. It is not always convenient to live gospel standards and stand up for truth and testify of the Restoration. … But there is no spiritual power in living by convenience. The power comes as we keep our covenants” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1999, 113; or Ensign, May 1999, 86).


President Boyd K. Packer, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, explained that keeping covenants keeps us safe:


  • “Keep your covenants and you will be safe. Break them and you will not.



The Book of Mormon is filled with stories of war, with the later chapters of Alma being considered "The War Chapters." The lessons that we learn in these chapters are many. The story of the Stripling Warriors come to mind as men who were faithful in the Gospel and went out to war. Because of the testimonies that their mother's help them forge within themselves, they were able to overcome the trials and tribulations of many battles and leave unscathed.

They exemplified the type of manhood that all of God’s sons and daughters should emulate and stood as a witness to the Nephite nation that God would deliver them if they were faithful.


Finally we must lean on our Savior Jesus Christ. The second verse of the song Where Can I Turn for Peacetruly exemplifies why we should look to Him in our times of fear and sorrow. 


Where, when my aching grows,
Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?

He, only One.

Continue to hold strong to the Gospel during these times. Our Heavenly Father has a plan for us and as long as we stay faithful and endure to the end, we will be able to see the light that overcomes the darkness.


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